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Ferrisburgh students to tap maple trees

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday agreed to let supervised Ferrisburgh Central School students tap maple trees on the town-owned Union Meeting Hall property on Route 7 — with one provision.

The proposal came from FCS parent Nick Patch, who has a portable maple sugar house. Patch sought the board’s permission to tap the maples, which are about 400 yards from the school across the state highway.

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Legal hemp could net big money for farmers

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — At a meeting in Middlebury last Wednesday evening, the crowd was bullish on hemp as a cash crop.

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Ferrisburgh farmers bottle their own milk

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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HINESBURG/FERRISBURGH — There’s a new brand of organic milk hitting the shelves in stores around Vermont from a Ferrisburgh farm that after years producing high-quality milk is now also bottling it and sending it to retailers.

Kimball Brook Farm has been milking 200 Jersey and Holstein cows and selling to the national market for 15 years. But when Cheryl and J.D. DeVos flipped the switch at their small Hinesburg bottling plant on May 17, they were marking a major transition to processor and distributor of their own milk.

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New Brandon business mills alpaca fiber

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Find a need, and fill it — that’s the recipe for business success.

Ed and Deb Bratton saw firsthand the need for a local fiber mill after 10 years in business with Maple View Farm Alpacas on Adams Road in Brandon. Now, they hope their new venture, Vermont Fiber Mill and Studio, will pay off as well.

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Low milk prices drive dairy farmers to open petting zoo

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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ORWELL — The look on Alysa Farley’s face was one of serene happiness as she carried a three-week-old lamb named Ernie around the barn at Independence Petting Farm last week.

And Ernie, for his part, was perfectly content.

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Farmers struggle with visa program

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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VERMONT — On a gray May morning in Monkton, Norma Norris and Denzel Rankine were hard at work planting tomatoes, watering seedlings in the greenhouse and painting tables in preparation for the upcoming summer season.

Rankine, 48, comes to Norris Berry Farm from his home in Jamaica for six months each year through the federal H2A guest worker program, arriving in mid-April and staying until the end of the season in the fall.

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GMO bill passes committee, but won't reach house floor

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — A bill that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods passed out of the Vermont House Agriculture Committee last Friday, with nine representatives voting for and one against.

Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, said H. 722 will likely pass through the House Judiciary Committee, but it’s not likely to reach the House floor before the end of this legislative session. Stevens said to reach the floor similar legislation would have to start from the very beginning next year.

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Mobile slaughter business pitched

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — A Weybridge man is proposing to establish the state’s first mobile slaughterhouse for large animals, a business he said will bring services directly to producers and help fill a sizable void of meat processing facilities in Vermont.

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Bristol farm approved for Cow Power project

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — The Vermont Public Service Board has given the green light to a major methane-to-electricity facility at one of the county’s largest dairy farms.

It was this past Jan. 6 that Four Hills Farm requested a certificate of public good from the Public Service Board to install and operate a 525kW methane electrical generating facility at its 722 Burpee Road headquarters in Bristol. Four Hills has 2,500 head of cattle, around 1,250 of which are currently being milked.

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Dry weather lets farmers get in fields

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — The warm, dry weather this spring is unusual, but to some farmers it’s come as a welcome change from last year.

According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, precipitation totals at the Burlington weather station are running about 3.3 inches below average, at just over 7 inches since Jan. 1. Vermont also saw record high temperatures in March. With little precipitation and very little snowmelt, the fields and forests are unusually dry.

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